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  1. Looks great! I suggest a Midway TBF or TBD now 😉 can you describe how you have it that weathered look?
  2. ... am curious if the markings they have included accurately represent if the plane was a Mitsubish or Nakajima built plane. Or will they assume they are all Mitsubishi planes?
  3. VB-6 only carried the 1000 lb bomb McClusky and VS-6 carried a 500lb bomb and two underwing bombs
  4. I found that site fascinating with all the information available, especially the after action reports. The people that made the most recent Midway movie used a contact at Midway Roundtable as a resource, yet they still put bombs under the wings of the TBD Devastator's on the film ... BTW, maybe a useless fact in terms of modeling. Thach flew two planes, "23" on the escort mission, and "1" on the sortie to defend the USS Yorktown. I built my F4F-4 as Tom Cheek's plane on the escort mission, his story was pretty captivating to read.
  5. The Midway Roundtable is a great resource which I've used Battle of Midway RoundTable (midway42.org) In the Jan 2022 post, scroll down to you see the article on Best's plane.
  6. Decent reference pictures from that time are few, but scroll down this link and you'll find a pic of a damaged Hornet SBD. Condemned Men - Rear-Seat Gunners at Midway | SpaceBattles You can make out the ammo box on the side. Unfortunately, no one makes a gun arrangement like this in 1:72 or 1:48 I also read recently that the SBDs in Enterprise's air group painted their landing struts to identify the plane while landing. Apparently Best's plane had both struts in red.d
  7. Very nice! Any particular plane marking you will pick? I like the subject as I’m working on Midway builds too minor detail, if it matters or not, the .30 dual guns on the SBD did not have shields on them at the time, and had the magazine boxes on the side of the guns.
  8. my first completed build of 2022 .. my take on the Hasegawa kit, using the Type 11 boxing to build a Battle of Midway plane. This is supposed to represent a Nakajima built plane from the Akagi that was shot down and crashed on Midway. Paints are mostly Tamiya, the iphone camera can't really pick out the colour well. The tail code was a bash of decals.
  9. Not much new to see, gotta rescribe some panel lines and then it's ready to paint in few days.. The fin is dry-fitted. working on the bombs at the moment, they are cluster bombs purchased from Shawn Hull's line. Will be using Hasegawa AIM-9 missiles to match all my other DS builds. The LANTIRN pod and ALQ-131 will also be from Hasegawa. The Tamiya F-16N boxing unfortunately doesn't include TER; DonG graciously donated a couple. another problem I haven't worked around is getting the proper markings on the fuel tanks. Will need the red circles and underside markings
  10. Hi Nate, I’m not using my AIM-120 from the Tamiya kit. PM me your mailing address and I’ll send sometime next week. Might be interested in F-16 Triple Ejector Rack if you can spare.
  11. Started a Tamiya 1:48 F-16 using the aggressor boxing, unfortunately it does not include the parts for the TER. Anyone have two they can spare?
  12. Just starting the thread for my current build. Am using the Tamiya F-16 Aggressor boxing to build a Block 40 jet of the 421st TFS in Desert Storm. Just doing the basic assembly at the moment. Not building this particular jet, but will look similar: 88-0432_1.jpg (1024×672) (dstorm.eu)
  13. nice work! .. impressive number of models built, when are you gonna admit you have the prison population building models for you? 😉
  14. definitely watching this build, very nice work. It's inspiring me to continue on my 1:72 B-52 I started years ago.
  15. Thanks Gianni I was trying to decide whether to make this build a Bitburg or Langley bird; I chose Langley as it was cheaper requiring less aftermarket. I started this build as part of Desert Storm group build on Britmodeler, but I wasn't able to finish in time. Family life with a newborn occupies much of my time. Thanks for the sim link, I don't play .. but it's cool to watch, especially if it's DS planes 🙂 Do you mean the model specifically or my Desert Storm collection? If you mean the model, it was several months as I worked on it off and on. So
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